Lívia Páldi

  • The Site Residency

    The Site Residency

    Lívia Páldi

    Imagined as a residency that would result in no material production, the Site Residency (TSR) was conceptually grounded in theories and practices of withdrawal and in the critical questioning of creation, materiality, and objectified artistic output, paying tribute to the artistic strategies from the 1960s and '70s—an escape from rigid institutional structures and gallery/studio-based production. Introduced by Lívia Páldi and with a contribution by the residency's conceptualizer, Sebastian Cichocki, this publication presents various visual and textual materials of the residency's three participating artists, Annika Eriksson, Susanne Kriemann, and Agnieszka Polska, including the “results” of their invited ghostwriters who translated the experience of the artists and curators into literary fiction. TSR was an opportunity for various artistic and curatorial processes, fantasies, and trajectories to intersect in unique and significant ways. The design of the book, by Krzysztof Pyda, allows for the thought fragments, notes, stories, and poetic observations of the participants to intertwine, bringing the reader into the free-floating conversation that has been basis of the residency.

    Copublished with BAC–Baltic Art Center

    ContributorsMaria Barnas, Sebastian Cichocki, Annika Eriksson, Susanne Kriemann, Lívia Páldi, Agnieszka Polska, Justyna Wąsik

    • Paperback $22.00
  • Dysfunctional Comedy

    Dysfunctional Comedy

    A Reader

    Lívia Páldi and Olav Westphalen

    Dysfunctional Comedy documents a series of public events, performances, and workshops conceptualized by German-American artist Olav Westphalen and organized with different partners, mainly in Sweden, between 2012 and 2015. An intersection of practices, ideas, and images, this artist's book/catalogue engages with representatives of different traditions and genres in comedic and cartoonist practices to reflect on the rich history of stand-up comedy and political satire.

    The publication features more than fifteen artists and writers who engage with a variety of comedic techniques, often as a way to subvert the strategies and themes of stand-up comedy and rethink artistic performativity and audience participation. Public speech and the ways of addressing sensitive issues, stereotypes, taboos, and power relations are also examined, not only to seek new modes of public address, but to look critically at the art world and cultural-political operations, conservatism, and inflexibility.

    Copublished with BAC – Baltic Art Center, Visby; and the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm

    ContributorsAron Flam, Anna Kinbom, Lars-Erik Hjertström Lappalainen, Sally O'Reilly, Lívia Páldi, Roee Rosen, Olav Westphalen

    • Paperback $22.00


  • The Fevered Specters of Art

    The Fevered Specters of Art

    Die fiebrigen Gespenster der Kunst

    Nataša Ilić

    Examining the theories and practices of radical leftist politics of the 1960s and 1970s and the relationship between politics and aesthetics.

    This is the final chapter of a long-term project curated by Edit Molnár, Lívia Páldi, and Marcel Schwierin that started with a group exhibition at Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, in 2016. The show looked back on the epoch of Cold War radicalism and anticolonial revolution—an era characterized by a proliferation of ideas about how radical social change could permeate the globe.

    The book, like the exhibition itself, presents a variety of approaches that, through specific events and historical contexts, survey the theories and practices of radical leftist politics of the 1960s and 1970s and the relationship between politics and aesthetics. It also investigates the ways in which artists rethink the possibilities of new political subjects and how complex sociohistorical connections can be questioned and revisited in the realm of art.


    Stefanie Baumann, Felix Gmelin, Ho Tzu Nyen, Rajkamal Kahlon, Sarinah Masukor, Kirill Medvedev, Edit Molnár, Lívia Páldi, Rachel O'Reilly, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Marcel Schwierin, Catarina Simão, Suzanne Treister, Jan Verwoert

    • Paperback $24.00